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URWork: Co-Creating Dreams in China’s Sharing Economy

Mao Daqing moves easily on the stage of a fashionably repurposed factory in Beijing, the ideal setting for this week’s INS Co-Invention conference on reinventing work, the office and technology. An athlete and marathon runner, the founder and CEO of…

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Amazon Eats Google’s Lunch: Why Brand Beats Bulk in the Tech Takeover Wars

Who will win the ultimate race to tether consumers from computer to store? The now-familiar public feeding frenzy of tech giants eating retail dinosaurs has spun into a high gear with Amazon’s purchase of upscale Whole Foods and Google’s Walmart…

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Innovator? Entrepreneur? Let’s Talk.

Team SmartUp is researching a major book, traveling around the globe to some of the hottest spots in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the US, to discover first-hand what makes an innovative city, university or incubator, to see and engage…

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Europe is Cool Again: SF’s Startup Bridge

We stepped into the elevator at the Twitter building, joined by the general consul for tiny Malta, rode to the tenth floor, and entered the bustling, aptly named tech incubator Runway. But this wasn’t the usual mélange of entrepreneurs and…

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